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PORTLAND -- More tarps than tents have been going up at the downtown Occupy Portland encampments in recent days.

It's a lot safer here, said Milton McManus, who brought his wife and son here from their former camping spot under the Hawthorne Bridge. It's nice to be somewhere where you are not harassed every morning to pick up and move.

Occupy Portland organizers said the homeless were welcome at Lownsdale and Chapman Square parks, and homeless advocates around the city started taking them up on the offer.

People from Occupy Portland have invited us to come over and access the resources they have available over there, said Mike Dee, who lives in a new homeless camp on a lot at NW 4th Avenue and W Burnside Street.

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The occupants there signed a 1-year lease with the land owner, but the city began investigating the 4-day-old encampment to see whether it violates city codes.

The city has allowed camping at the two downtown parks for Occupy Portland even though the city has a no-camping ordinance.

Some protesters told KGWthey are worried about sanitation becoming a problem, with so many people camping in one spot.

There's not enough port -a-potties or running water, said a man named Randy, who would not give his last name.

The group is working hard to keep things sanitary. As more homeless people move into Occupy Portland, city officials might have a lot more on their plates than they did when the protests started more than a week ago.

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